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Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Burbank, CA
Bikes: Pig with lipstick (Trek Pilot 2.1 Ulterga Group/Compact Crank)
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Latex vs. Butyl
Three of us are doing the Wednesday Night Haze ride in Burbank (I, N2Glock, HerbM). We are descending from the third of four climbs and IMO the hardest climb. Nobody is going real fast. I am out in front by three or four bike lengths when I hear a LOUD BANG! I next heard HerbM yell N2Glock has a flat. Having already heard it I was preparing to turn around and support what we all know comes next.
N2Glock examines the rear flat and he has a slice in the tire from the bead at the rim up and into the riding surface. There is also a cut in the tire at this point that leaves some tire flapping. The tube has a quarter inch slice in it too. He says he felt nothing so he walks up the street to see what was lying about where the BANG occurred. He finds nothing but Latex (a condom) lying about. HerbM walks up the street and finds nothing but Latex. I walked up and to the end of the block and all I find is the white condom lying in the street right where N2Glock had his BANG. Well, you know we had to talk about this while N2Glock did the dollar repair dance. “Yes, I remember the evening I was riding with N2Glock when he hit a condom causing a blow out, etc...”
I am thinking this was a disagreement between Latex and Butyl. All though Latex and Butyl have been known to get along the repair dollar was barely enough to cover the need. And N2Glock had to borrow the money to get it. We should all take the lead from Mr. Beanz who uses $20 bills and then retrieves them as soon as he is finished. We could say Butyl kicked butt. But Latex did do a number on Butyl. Butyl will have to be recycled and Latex did it all while flaccid. It is probably a love hate relationship and we will no doubt hear more on this.
With all that said, this brings up a thought of what mysterious, weird, odd, interesting objects have caused you blow outs. Tell us about it.
Last edited by MarkAJ; 05-31-07 at 03:50 PM.